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Rochel's first lesson...

Rochel's first lesson...

Friday, 8 October, 2010 - 3:39 pm

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Dear Friends, 

One of the special gifts of parenting is the opportunity you have to introduce your child to an idea for the first time. Seeing their eyes shining and smiling from learning yet another lesson of life is one of the dearest moments for a parent.

This week I had one of these privileges:

Our youngest child, Rochel, is just 17 months old, but she seems to be very knowledgeable about how to turn over a house.  Rochel’s creativity is illuminated when she finds a marker, or a way to climb to the water, or opens a briefcase... This week she got hold of a book and within minutes a few of the pages were torn, and some were shredded. When I saw this I wasn't happy, and she knew why. When I told her that "books are to read and not to tear", I thought she understood what I was saying.  She looked embarrassed and even sad... I felt perhaps I'm over doing it; after all, she is not yet a year and a half...

So I took her on my lap, I took the torn pages, I picked up a scotch tape and I sat with her, piece by piece repairing the book.  She looked amazed, seeing the pages coming slowly together and by the end she was clearly happy, touching the pages again and again...

Then I realized that this was the first lesson I gave my daughter.  She now knows that even when we tear things apart we can bring them back together.  She knows that there is always hope.  She learned the power we have to fix and repair mistakes we have done.

You know what, maybe she didn't understand all this, but I was surley inspired...

Comments on: Rochel's first lesson...
10/8/2010

Inna wrote...

Beautiful story... Thank you for sharing it with us, Rabbi.

And you know what: children are very clever, even at the very early age they grasp many important concepts. They, surely, know more than we ever give them credit for.

And being inspired, surely, helps too.

SHABAT SHALOM.
10/8/2010

Ireta Fisher Cowall wrote...

Thank you for sharing. With constant contact with my 4 grandchildren, they are always amazing me with what they say and what they perceive. For example, my 11 year old grandson grew to love sewing in Home Ec., and now wants a sewing kit for his birthday.

As Inna said, the life of a child inspires us.
Gut Shabbos